Over the course of his campaign for presidency, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has consistently embodied the characteristics and idioms of a fascist. Whether it be the use of his seemingly popular rhetoric, or the manner in which he delivers it, there is no denying that Trump has been mirroring the actions of dictators such as Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Trump’s latest questionable practice began when he asked his supporters to raise their right hand when pledging their support to him. As can be seen in the image above, this act clearly resembles the infamous salute of those who supported Hitler during his reign in Nazi Germany. Although Trump has claimed he will “look into it” regarding it’s offensive nature, where does one draw the line? Is the concept of a President Donald Trump still laughable, or is the United States actually on track to elect a fascist into office?
Comparisons of this nature have been popular since Trump began his campaign, one of the most notable coming from Eva Schloss, Anne Frank’s stepsister. She is quoted saying “I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism.” Regardless of the controversy, Trump continues to breed racism and hatred as he rallies support against Muslims and Mexicans. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox also commented on Trump’s actions, noting that he reminds him of Hitler.
One particularly disturbing example of this behavior took place at a Trump rally in Pensacola, Florida. Three young girls performed a song, now coined “Freedom’s Call”, in support of Trump’s candidacy. The song included topics such as “crushing enemies” and “cowardice”, shocking many who heard it. The shock, of course, stems from the striking resemblance between the performance and the nature of performances like it in North Korea.
In an interview with Robert O. Paxton, author of “The Anatomy of Fascism”, Patt Morrison of the L.A. Times seeks to determine whether or not these actions actually constitute fascism. Although Trump claims there is a “problem” and subsequently blames it on Muslims and Mexicans, Paxton believes he is likely just playing the role of a fascist. That is, while he may be good at portraying the image of a fascist, Trump could very well be nothing more than an aggressive airhead with no plan at all.
So, what do you think? Do we have nothing to worry about?
Or is America actually about to elect a man who retweeted a quote of Mussolini’s?
That is up to you.